How to Set Up A Kegerator
Having a kegerator to keep your beer cool, especially during the summer heat is great. You can buy one at the store and take it home, but still, you will have to carry out the process of setting it up.
While some people may have a difficult time making sure their cooling companion works, you can go right ahead and set up a kegerator all on your own and get it to work well. Just follow the basic instructions and you are good to go.
Step 1. Set up the caster wheel
Your first job before starting the installation process is for you to make sure you have an empty unit. The white keg floor is supposed to be empty as well. Your next step is for you to slowly tilt the beer dispenser to the side.
Screw in the metal bracket into any one of the four different caster holes so that the cabinet gets attached to the casters. Make sure to place the washers on the casters that are facing the cabinet. When you complete all of step one task, carefully place the unit at a standing position.
Step 2. Remove the plug
The second step is for you to remove the plug which you can carry out by using a flathead screwdriver to pry it open. To remove the plug just make sure the door is open and then push the top cabinet plug straight through to the top cabinet top with your hand. The plug will start showing at the cabinet’s topside.
Step 3. Start installing the tower
To install the tower you have to loosen the hose from the beer line that is situated at the bottom of the tower. Then you push the beer line and hex nut through the cabinet top hole.
Step 4. Secure the tower
Since all the lines are secured firmly into the tower, now you must put the tower into the ready unit and you can start doing so by aligning the black plastic adaptor to run from the tower’s bottom to the cabinet’s top. Once you get the adaptor and the line to successfully link up, you must now get the adaptor to lock in by giving it a 25 degree turn.
If you have everything correctly, you should see that the tower faucet connection is now opposite the cabinet’s front. If the faucet is not facing towards the front cabinet, you should remove it and start the reinstall process using another position to do so.
Step 5. Install the railing
You must fix the railing into place. There are holes at the cabinet top where the rail should be placed into. Therefore, fix the railing snugly into the holes and you are done with this part of the job.
Step 6. Get the handle faucet into place
To get the handle faucet into its rightful place, you have to screw it on to the faucet. The next step is for you to attach the entire faucet to the front tower’s faucet adaptor.
The faucet is supposed to be in a vertical position with the handle facing towards the ceiling. Make sure though that the faucet is securely screwed on. With all step 6 covered, you can now safely place the drip tray underneath the faucet.
Step 7. Connect the regulator tube
Make sure the regulator used with the CO2 valve is securely closed. You can find the shut off switch at a perpendicular angle to the faucet.
Put in the CO2 gas line tube that measures about 4 ft to the regulator (you can do this by simple attaching a tube end into the CO2 regulator connection that belongs to the hose barb and then firmly secure the tube by using the red plastic snap-on clamps provided by the manufacturer). To attach the clamp securely fastened into place, you can use your cramp crimper or pliers to do so.
However, make sure that the clamp is not obstructing the valve in any way. For step 7, the final task you will have to carry out is for you to take out the black rubber plug from the units back and push the remaining end of the tube straight through the hole.
Step 8. Connect regulator and cylinder
Check to see that the CO2 cylinder is already full and closed. Then join the CO2 regulator to the cylinder by screwing the gold looking nut into the valve of the cylinder and start tightening them with the use of pliers or wrench.
Your standard regulator will already have its own built-in O-ring. If you do not have a standard regulator but a fiber washer instead, you can go ahead and use the fiber washer and attach together cylinder and CO2 regulator.
Step 9. Install the CO2 cylinder
Your next job is for you to attach the CO2 holder to the unit’s cabinet. At the back of the cabinet you will see some screws pushing out, push the screws into the holder and then glide the holder downward so that it can lock into place.
Place the CO2 regulator into position with the holder so that the numbers on the gauge can be easily readable and also can allow easy reach of the shut off valve.
Step 10. Attach the keg coupler
The black handle of the keg coupler must be in a closed position before you can attempt to attach on the keg coupler. To secure the coupler to the keg, all you have to do is just to put the coupler into a locking position then turn it clockwise by 25 degrees so that it will fall into a locking position. This action will secure the coupler to the keg.
Step 11. Attach coupler to tube
Fasten the keg coupler to the CO2 gas line tube and make sure to secure the tube with the red color plastic clamp. Put on the clamp as firmly as possible in the closest proximity to the coupler.
Step 12. Attach the beer line to the coupler
Bring the beer line stretching from the tower and attach it to the keg coupler. Push in the neoprene washer straight inside the hex nut of the beer line then remove the blue rubber cap that is located at the top of the keg coupler. Screw securely into place the nut with the washer on top of the coupler.
Step 13. Tap the keg
Pull on the tap handle in an outward position then push it downward so that the tank connection can be secure. You will hear the pull handle give you a little “click,” telling you that the keg is tapped.
Step 14. Calibrate the regular
Follow the instructions given below to calibrate the regulator.
- Check to see that the valve on the regulator is properly closed and then open at full the valve positioned on the gas cylinder.
- Use your pliers to pull loose the adjustment nut and turn it counter clockwise all the way.
- Turn the regulator adjustment screw to get the pressure you want on the pressure gauge. The approximate recommended amount is 12 PSI.
- Spin the shut off valve to open on the regulator so that the switch becomes parallel to the tube. By now, you should be hearing the pressurizing of the keg taking place and the flow of gas from the regulator to the keg should start taking place as well. At first, the out needle will show a drop in pressure and then return to where you fist set it.
- To get a more accurate pressure gauge reading, pull the PRV ring so that the gas flow can become better.
- Carry out a check on the regulator’s output pressure and cover section B again so you can get the desired pressure that you need.
Step 15. Put the keg into position and enjoy your beer.
Take the metal flooring support and place it into the cabinet. Slowly lift and then carefully slant the beer keg onto the floor of the cabinet. Slowly push the keg inside so that it fits snugly. Ensure the keg and all accessories are properly in place and then you can start enjoying your beer.
You do not have to be a savvy tech expert to set up a kegerator. All you have to do is to carefully follow the instructions given and in no time you as well as your friends can start enjoying mouthwatering as well as tasty beer.